Change often makes us uncomfortable. Maybe there is a bright side to the unexpected changes that we experienced in 2016. From my observation, there are three things that I believe people did not expect. The first two are global and the last within the global macrobiotic community. First, the British exit from the European Union, […]
In guiding people through macrobiotic practice, there is a big leap to go from offering guidance for the most common widespread problems to guiding those with cancer, advanced cardiovascular problems, HIV, Lyme disease, serious psychological, addiction or nervous system problems, and other immune issues. It is possible however, to learn how to guide people with […]
Others have been promising to train macrobiotic counselors within a year or even as soon as four months. From my experience, I do not see how this is possible. In this blog entry I talk about the steps I followed to feel qualified to guide people with a full range of health problems. Later, I […]
This list makes good points about just how beneficial farmer’s markets and CSAs are for communities, local economies, and the environment. I would like to add a few more points, with some insight about farmer’s markets and CSAs from a health perspective.
The greatest benefit of visiting these markets is discovering when foods are available. We […]
On November 6th, at the International House in Philadelphia, Susan and I will be joining with Anh-Huong and Thu Nguyen to lead a day in the complementary practices of mindfulness meditation and macrobiotics.
I believe this event is the first step in returning to some of the original guiding principles of macrobiotic practice. Macrobiotics was introduced […]
Recently, one of the daily health tips for the 365 Days of Health Twitter campaign stirred some interesting discussion. The health tip was: “It is crucial not to mix different foods in the same mouthful.” For this entry, I am going to describe the reasons I make this recommendation and address the questions and points […]
The meal is an anchor that brings stability to our life everyday. It is a binding force that creates and strengthens our connection to all of life, each other, and our food.
To receive the most out of our food, we can focus on the quality of its preparation which has two aspects. Good cooking […]
Eating together aligns and connects us with each other. Food is condensed environment, and also our source of internal energy. When we eat, we break foods down from their solid state to liquid to energy. In this process, food provides physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual energy.
Grains, beans, and vegetables help […]
It has been striking for me to compare the way spending time alone has changed over the course of my lifetime. It has become increasingly difficult for people today to give undivided attention to a daily activity. With so much media attention focusing on presence and mindfulness, being at peace with the moment may even […]
Although today is one official start of summer, the energy of the sun has been rising since the Winter Solstice, and transitioned into summer on May 5th. Summer is the time when our energy and desire is opened fully and blossoming as in nature. In mid-August, the energy of the openness of summer begins to […]
All of life depends on the sun, and sunlight is an essential ingredient for an overall healthy life. It is important to overcome our fear of the sun and the many myths surrounding sun exposure as an enemy to health. There are healthy ways to build up tolerance for sunlight to receive maximum benefit from […]
During time in the womb, we multiply in weight about three billion times, from a single cell to birth (anywhere between 5.5-10 lbs on average). After birth, we multiply in weight about fifteen to twenty times. Suffice to say, the vast majority of our total growth, development, and education occurs in the womb. Furthermore, what […]
There are three stages of fertility. First is the ability to become pregnant. The second is having a healthy full-term pregnancy and natural childbirth (from a macrobiotic perspective this means without the aid or use of drugs), and the third is raising a healthy child. All three of these stages are in danger or compromised […]
The sweet taste is our most natural, harmonious taste. In previous entries, I’ve talked about healthy sweets and unhealthy sweets. Today, however, I’d like to talk about sweeteners. Sweeteners in beverages are absorbed into the blood more quickly and tend to be more harmful. Compare the difference in feeling a sweetened beverage with a homemade […]
Feeling hangry is a much different sensation than healthy hunger. Healthy hunger is a feeling based on a desire for life; it is a pleasant, mild, and comfortable anticipation of a nice meal. However, feeling hangry is a result of stressing the pancreas and liver through unhealthy dietary and lifestyle practices over time. Hangriness also […]
Why is it that type 2 (aka adult-onset) diabetes has become an epidemic even for young children? For instance, 1 in 3 of all American children born in 2000 will go on to develop type 2 diabetes at some point in their lives. There is a clear path that lead to this problem.